Four Steps to Restoring Your Health and Well-Being in the Time of COVID
Now that we’ve been dealing with COVID-19 for a few months, changes that once seemed temporary have turned into a new reality. If this new reality is starting to weigh on you, we know how you feel! It’s not easy dealing with the ongoing stress, anxiety, and uncertainty of being in a pandemic. That’s why it’s so important to have healthy coping strategies right now – because when we don’t take care of our health, we all run the risk of letting that stress and anxiety spiral out of control.
#1 Keep Up Healthy Habits
Many of us had good routines for physical and mental self-care before the pandemic (think everyday activities like exercising, eating a balanced diet, and making time for hobbies like yoga). The trouble is that gyms closed down and schedules changed, making it hard to keep up with those healthy habits.
If you’ve gotten out of these habits, you may find that your physical and mental health have started to suffer. Fortunately, you can find easy solutions for getting back into these habits. Restart your yoga practice by joining an outdoor session at Old Mechanicsville Health Spa, try some new healthy recipes, and get your heart rate up with a high energy home workout.
Of course, these are just a few of the many everyday health habits that you can still do – even in the time of COVID. The great thing about restarting these habits is that they benefit your health in more ways than one, so you’ll have more energy, sleep better, AND have a better handle on managing stress.
#2 Create a Healthy Home
Even if you’re a complete introvert, spending months at home gets old after a while, especially if you have family members who are also feeling trapped. This feeling can bring everyone down, leading to disagreements, complaining, and all sorts of other frustrations. The solution is to cleanse your home of all that negativity!
Start by clearing away clutter, and if you need space in your home for work or exercise, take the time to set up those designated spots. Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, give your home a thorough cleaning to get rid of dirt and grime too. You may even want to let in some fresh air and diffuse essential oils to help balance everyone’s mood. Remember that your environment plays a major role in how you feel, and taking these small steps can make a huge improvement for the whole family.
#3 Get Outside Some Too!
Most of our everyday routines take place at home these days, but don’t let that keep you from getting outside too. If you live in an area where the population isn’t too dense, simply taking a walk or jog around the block is a safe way to get some fitness along with Vitamin D from the sun.
However, if your favorite park or other outdoor spot has gotten extra crowded lately, follow Pop Sugar’s tips to maintain social distance, wear a mask around others, and choose a time of day when fewer people are out. Just be sure to protect your skin from the sun when you go outdoors. Being in nature is great medicine for mental health, but the sun’s rays can be harmful if you aren’t careful to wear sunscreen.
#4 Reach Out
Last but not least, everyone needs to stay connected to others, even as we stay physically distant. The Mayo Clinic recommends using technology to stay connected, along with making time to do special activities with the people who are in your household. It’s also perfectly acceptable (and in fact, a really good idea!) to reach out to friends, a professional counselor, or a spiritual advisor if you’re still struggling.
Some people call what we’re going through a “new normal,” but there’s nothing normal about life these days. Since normal isn’t in the cards right now, the best we can do is adapt to the reality we’re living in. This means keeping an open mind, trying some new ideas, and most importantly, making your health your top priority.
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